A MAN had to be rushed to hospital after being attacked with a blade in Reading's town centre.

Thames Valley Police said the man was attacked after a verbal altercation between a 21-year-old and another man on Sunday about 4am.

The force said the fight resulted in the victim being punched in the face in St Mary's Butts, near pizza Express.

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Two more attackers then assaulted the victim, and police said one of them had a 'bladed weapon'.

The victim was slashed across the head and neck and was rushed to hospital. He has since been discharged.

The first attacker is described as a white man aged in his twenties or thirties, with a stocky build, black hair and a black beard. He was dressed in a long sleeve black top and black jeans. He also had a large chain around his neck.

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The second attacker was also a white man aged in his twenties, also with a stocky build and short fair hair. He was wearing a black long sleeve jumper with gold writing on the front, and light blue jeans.

The third attacker is described by police as a mixed race man in his twenties. He was dressed in a black cap, a black North Face jacket with a fur trimmed hood, a black top and light blue jeans.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Hugh Bailey, of Reading police station, said: "I am appealing for witnesses to this incident of grievous bodily harm, which left the victim with injuries requiring hospital treatment.

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"If anyone saw this incident, or recognises the physical descriptions of anyone involved, please call police with information.

"Please call Thames Valley Police on 101, or make a report online, and quote reference number 43190374839.

"Reports can also be made to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."